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Jake LaMotta 'Raging Bull' Boxer Dead ... De Niro Pays Tribute

9/20/2017 7:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

8:54 AM PT -- Robert De Niro just issued a statement on LaMotta's passing, "Rest in Peace, Champ."

Boxing legend Jake LaMotta -- the champ who was played by Robert De Niro in the movie "Raging Bull" -- died Tuesday, TMZ has learned. He was 95.

Jake's wife tells TMZ, Jake died in a nursing home due to complications from pneumonia.

Another family member tells TMZ, Jake's condition deteriorated in the last few weeks. He was put on a feeding tube, which he kept pulling out. His condition worsened considerably in the last few days and a decision was made to withdraw the tube.

Jake's wife tells TMZ, "I just want people to know, he was a great, sweet, sensitive, strong, compelling man with a great sense of humor, with eyes that danced."

LaMotta was 83-19 in 106 pro fights -- a career that began in 1941, after he was rejected from serving in the military due to a medical issue.

He went on to win the world middleweight championship -- but he's most well known for his 6-fight rivalry with Sugar Ray Robinson ... though he only won 1 of the 6 fights.

LaMotta was famously portrayed by De Niro in the 1980 movie "Raging Bull," based on Jake's autobiography. De Niro won the Academy Award for Best Actor that year.

R.I.P.

Guess Who This Tot in a Tux Turned Into!

9/20/2017 12:00 AM PDT

Before this fancy little man was topping the charts, he was just another dapper little dude growing up in Chicago, Illinois. Can you guess who he is?

Dimpus Buger Kid in 'Super Troopers' 'Memba Him?!

9/19/2017 12:00 AM PDT

Charlie Finn is best known for playing the snarky Dimpus Burger Guy -- opposite Kevin Heffernan as Officer Farva -- in the high-larious 2001 comedy "Super Troopers." Guess what he looks like now!

Justin Bieber Son of a Gun ... The Kid Looks Tight!

9/18/2017 7:03 AM PDT

Justin Bieber's having a hard time keeping his shirt on ... and the struggle is real.

The Biebs went mostly shirtless over the weekend in WeHo as he hit up a skate park. The "Purpose" singer has a pretty good reason for going skins -- just look at that bod. Need we say more?

The shirt did serve one good purpose ... blocking those rays. Skateboarding is cool and all ... but for our money, we'll take reservations for 1 in Laguna Beach.

2017 Emmy Awards Behind The Scenes

9/17/2017 9:18 PM PDT

The Emmys have wrapped ... everyone saw what went down on the show's broadcast, but check out all the happenings from behind the scenes!

The Microsoft Theater held the event's 69th year where "Big Little Lies" and "The Handmaid's Tale" came up big. Nicole Kidman took home an award for best actress for her work on 'BLL' and 'THT' took home the hardware for outstanding drama.

Check out our pics for some of the best stuff that went down when the cameras weren't looking.

Prince 'Purple Rain' Handwritten Notes Hit Auction for Thousands!

9/18/2017 12:40 AM PDT

Prince was a perfectionist and it's evident in the handwritten edits he made to "Purple Rain" and lyrics for songs which hit the auction block for a hefty price.

Some 200 Prince-related items are up for bidding via RR Auction including the 9 pages of notes Prince made on his epic 1984 opus which RR thinks will go for more than $12k!!!

They're pretty cool ... you can see where Prince changed and added things to the original screenplay: "1. Glove box opens, Jerome fingers camisole, hands it back 2 Morris, 2. Morris takes it. Uh, 1 more thing here's a little something ..." and so on. 

Some other Prince items include:

-- Yellow boots he wore onstage from '86-'92 ... $12k
-- "The Ladder" handwritten lyrics ... $8k
-- Lace crop top .... $3k
-- His Parade Tour tambourine ... $1.5k
-- "Camille" Advance Pressing ... $4k
-- Prince's 1980 Rick James tour all access pass ... $800

Bidding ends Sept. 27.

Guess Who This Braided Beauty Turned Into!

9/18/2017 12:00 AM PDT

Before this smiling sweetheart was playing the daughter of a preacher on TV, she was just another cute kid showing off her hairdo in Boulder, Colorado. Can you guess who she is? 

Johnny Manziel's Fiancee Bre Tiesi My Summer Body Ain't Leavin' ... Hot Bikini Photos

9/17/2017 12:25 AM PDT

Seasons change, but Johnny Manziel's future wife, Bre Tiesi, doesn't change (out of her bikini) ... 'cause she's still killin' the 'gram with super hot, nearly-naked photos, even though it's nearly Fall.

We were just casually browsing Bre's social media when we noticed she's gone on a bikini barrage the last couple weeks, and we thought the fair thing to do was to bring it to you guys.

No Johnny in these shots -- he's busy getting ready for a football comeback (looks like the NFL could use him, actually) -- but who cares about football right now? Enjoy the photos.

Simon Cowell One Direction 2.0? PRETTYMUCH Drops Music Vid

9/16/2017 12:20 AM PDT

Simon Cowell's a boy band magician ... the question, does he have lightning in a bottle yet again?

PRETTYMUCH dropped the official music video for its debut single, "Would You Mind" ... it's undeniably catchy. The release comes just a couple months after the 7-year anniversary of a Simon concoction called One Direction.

You'll remember ... we spotted the members of PRETTYMUCH -- Austin, Brandon, Edwin, Nick Mara, Zion -- leaving Cowell's house back in May when we were told something was in the works.

Listen and judge for yourself.

What's The Big Frigin' Difference?!

9/16/2017 7:38 AM PDT

Don't let these almost identical photos of Heidi Klum push you away ... Dig deep into your skull and see if you can spot the differences between these spooktacularly similar shots. 

**HINT -- There are THREE differences in the above photographs!**

Basking Babes Livin' on the Edge!

9/16/2017 12:00 AM PDT

Take the edge off the fall season by dipping into these sexy snaps of babes making waves as they lounge on the edge of some exotic bodies of water -- but be careful not to fall too hard ... there's no lifeguards on duty.

Guess Who This Dog-Gone Cutie Turned Into!

9/15/2017 12:00 AM PDT

Before this ponytail princess was known for her iconic lips and big family, she was just another puppy-loving kid growing up in Calabasas, California. Can you guess who she is?

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